BLM, BIPOC and the Role of the Media

BLM, BIPOC and the Role of the Media

I’m not the biggest fan of the traditional media. Often they are biased to one party in a situation. Whether or not the story should be viewed that way by their readers/viewers.
And often that bias is toward power, money and influence rather than right, justice.

During this pandemic, this issue has gotten worse in many ways. They seem to be refusing to fact check, go with the current trends in reporting, and have become a mouthpiece for the govt. And their latest theory of the crisis.

Then the BLM protests came along. And the media were virtually a tool for the govt and the police. They reported the riots, the looting and the conflict. With little attention given to the history of the conflict. Like how many times a police officer draws their gun against an unarmed POC civilian. How many times specific crimes get their attention and forcefully, rather than assessing their communities and working with group leaders to come to a plan of support. (Policing at it’s best)

They report when the protests turm hostile and someone is hurt. But spend little time on the many gathered who sing, pray, take a knee or lay supine and chant “I can’t breathe”. And then go home peacefully.

They interview the angry and the hostile or the big names. Not how many local congregations/temples come out to support the cause.

They don’t often show how many people wear masks during a pandemic.

Which discourages peaceful people who empathize from coming to support them. Which turn off a lot of groups that know the feeling too from joining the cause.
And which also justifies such things as curfews and military presence, when it was getting harder and harder to get people to stay home.

We know that there are many groups in North America. It’s not homogenous. So policing needs to reflect that. By having representation (as I’ve suggested before) but also outreach plans. When something happens on a reservation, for eg, IMO they should contact the band council and have an elder and police approach the conflict and come up with a resolution and support plan with the parties involved and the police. (yes there are other groups who have this available as well – Jews, Sikhs, Moslems…).

I haven’t really seen that focus on the news, yet I know that conflicts happen in other POC communities and often go off the rails because the police force and the media use one-size-fits-all solutions. Rather than listening. And learning.

Other POC have violent interactions. But it’s rare that the media reports it, unless there is a sensational, preferably violent angle to address in their story.

In Canada, the biggest group this affects is the racist structure and history surrounding First Nations tribes. Many still live on reservations, that have few resources like clean water and adequate supply lines. There are few programs to create work and social support plans that reflect their cultural needs. The United Nations has called Canada on the carpet for this. Yet it hasn’t really changed. (Though with a pandemic on, that separation based on racism may actually be saving their lives.)

Then they get demonized for adhering to traditional hunting and fishing skills to feed their group.

It’s true the residential schools are broken down, but the Children’s Aid has taken over their separation of families. Their breakdown of language and cultural practices. And put added stress onto the community.

There is a Catholic Children’s Aid, but no efforts have been made by CAS to form a group specific to the First Nations’ needs. So a bunch of white ladies go to the community with their noses in the air and judge. And of course they find things they think are wrong (don’t fit). So they take the children from the home and put them with white foster parents. And make it seem like the bio parents are in conflict, so they get railroaded toward permanent separation.

In the failure to look at the history and context that the people are working within, and getting distressed by, the media colour and further demonize the groups who are the event focus.

Another First Nations’ example of this is the extreme number of times when First Nations’ women and girls go missing. Often First Nation groups are linked to prostitution, gambling and drugs. Whether or not this specific person was involved with that. So the media and govt don’t pay attention to the numbers rising, until along come serial killers. And they note who some of his victims were. (case of Robert and David Pickton) . But still this huge issue in Canada is rarely spoken of, let alone really dealt with. The women and girls are considered not to be human to the authorities or the media, it seems.

So it’s not just the police failing these communities, but also the govt and media. You practically have to be in the loop to be in the know. Or follow alt media. (Or as I do, have a school friend who works on a band council with her husband)

It’s the same thing with other groups. Women and LGBTQ members who are beaten and murdered aren’t really focused on as systemic issues. They’re reported as one-offs for the most part.

If violence happens in Asian communities, the events are put down to gangs. Despite the history of North America using the people as grunt workers for the railroads and restricting their ability to grow their own businesses to things like Asian restaurants and drycleaners. And for the conflicts with the countries involved (ie Japan, Korean, Viet Nam) treated as the enemy, whether or not that person is or ever will be.

Which may explain Justin Trudeau’s hesitance to condemn another country’s leadership. He knows the issue of racism is prevalent in Canada as well. And currently power and policing aren’t even willing to deal with it, let alone solve it. Though there are some token officers and MPs to show off for the press. And the media falls for it.

The poor of Canada are far more often the brown skinned people, the POC, the single women/parents, the disabled and LGBTQ. (power’s misfits which I wrote about yesterday) .

This history and understanding explain why so many Canadians empathize with the Black Lives Matter movement in the USA. Why so many cities in Canada are protesting as well.

It’s here too. Though our PM is at least cognizant enough to realize it. So maybe there is hope? At least in Canada, though I did note that a few world leaders were saying the same thing.

Is this awareness a sign that we are ready for systemic changes though? It’d be great if it was. But for every potential fix, there are groups of people affected and reluctant to change the status quo. People who pay more in taxes. I think that means that, even when the pandemic is forcing systemic changes, it won’t be now either. Sad to say.

Though I may be wrong, because Canada at least gets it’s a mosaic made of many people and the people here aren’t looking for homogeneity. And as far as slavery in Canada goes, it didn’t take a civil war here to abolish that either. So maybe we can? Time will tell.

BIPOC – Reconciling the Past, Smashing and Burning, and Rebuilding for Our Children

BIPOC – Reconciling the Past, Smashing and Burning, and Rebuilding for Our Children

I think we all know the world was built on the back of empires making war and the winners taking slaves. I think we also know that every religion has thought it was the voice of their gods and tried to assimilate their neighbours. And I think we know that without heterosexual couples having children, no empire, no nation, no temple would have stood.

I think we know that the indigenous peoples have been excluded from the colonial systems, if they weren’t converted to the “faith”. And that conversion often included violence and separation of families. We have lost languages and tribes/people forever due to that effort.

We also know that when the world revised itself, from hunting and gathering, to farming, to cottage industries and then industrialism, there were always groups of people who were left behind.

And we know that the systems are set up to be biased. Because no institution can include all.

We know that power structures smash resistance. And whether temple or state, there have been people who could more readily fit into the model.

And the only way this has ever changed has been with resistance or revolution. The monarchy was given notice during the French Revolution. Apartheid was kicked to the curb.

Sometimes it took war. Sometimes it took revolutions. And sometimes the youth changed the world with demonstrations, such as marches, and sit-ins. Saying that things need to change.

It was rare that just time and generations changed things, unless some form of nature/earth change made the system inhospitable. Such as a storm, a quake, a plague, fires. And the people were shifted. They had no choice.

Power had waves of being liberal or conservative. But either way, when the populace became too large for the resources of food, land or water, power found a way to start a war or an internal conflict. So the young and healthy could go fight and clear out the surplus. And without fail, that restarted the economy.

….. It is what it is?

Knowing this is the context of the world and all it’s conflicts, does this mean that we tolerate these actions? These biased institutions?

Supposedly, the people have become more enlightened…. Right?

Or have we just become more blind? Maybe we became more complacent? How about more unimaginative?

…. Is this the way it has to be? Or the way we allow it to be?

It’s in a system that tolerates such bad acts that we live, work and procreate. And the world population becomes crushed to the point where we are running out of room on the planet.

And violence between power and people escalates. Some people give up, some try harder to assimilate into power so at least they’re on the winning side, and some find any opportunity to fight the system. These people are more often sent to prison or mental health facilities. The communities of those who refuse to assimilate get poorer and more resistant, more violent. And are pointed at as the reason why power must control them.

… Power becomes more and more sure that this pattern must continue.

And it becomes more and more corrupt. The scapegoats are easier to find. And the acts of depravity get harsher. More tolerated.

….. And in this state of depravity

The empire becomes so corrupt that it must implode. So it does.
And knowing all this, is someone like Donald Trump the one who is the harbinger of this change? He could be….

….. How will we move on?

It depends how we move in the next few days and weeks. Because the evidence is there that the same patterns are falling into place that always have before. The people feel crushed by the conservative wave again, so power will appear to be more liberal for awhile.

And the indigenous people will still be separate, the slaves and servants will still be poor, and women will still be a step or two behind men. And LGBTQ will fall further behind.

But people will likely settle down for awhile. At least till the next change is in place. So the young and healthy have to be tagged into the fight.

Or can we come up with a system that is more inclusive, or at least tolerates diversity?

….. Is that within human nature?

Is there a system that gives the power to the many, the poor, the workers rather than the rich and depraved?

……. I wish I had the answer.

We’ve tried every political system known to humanity and our gods. And all have failed us.

The rich have gotten richer in each of them. And the divide has gotten bigger. The acts of corruption and depravity have gotten more blatant.

So now what?

… I don’t know

Do you?

Pray for humanity because we are in a dark hour. But is it the darkest? Only time will tell. Maybe only our gods know.

BLM, BIPOC lives matter – Ideas on How to Break the Blue Wall

BLM, BIPOC lives matter – Ideas on How to Break the Blue Wall

Policing is supposed to be all about serving and protecting your own community… right?:

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  • So the first step would seem to be to have members who actually represent the faiths and cultures of that community. So the admin and union have resources behind the wall they can ask for info when squirmishes break out, when a member has to be addressed in a way that is more corrective, rather than supportive.
  • Another way would be to have a civilian committee of local religious leaders and large populace groups so they can be directed by the voices of the community.
  • Officers should have mandated sensitivity training as part of their initiation into policework.
  • There should be very few circumstances when an officer has to even draw their weapon, let alone use it. Their primary purpose should be to assist , as a first responder. Along with fire, and EMT.
  • Officers should be taught to de-escalate and negotiate first.
  • More training needs to be done on what holds are safe to restrain people with. Because even fit people can be killed when face down, with extra weight on their back or neck. And not all the citizens of their community are fit, young and healthy.
  • Any complaints should be addressed by a civilian panel. Esp if they are complaints of being biased, bigoted, using excessive force or being violent by physical or sexual force.

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These are my initial thoughts and certainly open to corrections and suggestions. What do you want to see change?

In the Name of George Floyd, his Brother Terrence Calls for Peace and Justice

In the Name of George Floyd, his Brother Terrence Calls for Peace and Justice

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It’s really hard not to listen to the family and continue to feel anger and hurt over the death of George. But that is still what many feel, esp when they are egged on by Trump’s tweets and call for a violent response by the governors of the States. When he is calling them weak for not acting with violence.

And it’s even harder when you see police in riot gear, when health care workers can’t get PPE as they try to save lives, unless they pay for it.

Even harder still when you see officers who makes white power signs, knowing they are on camera. That alone shows the depravity that some officers carry into their dealings with BIPOC.

But if we don’t listen to his family saying this isn’t what George would want, this isn’t what we believe in as a family. Please stop! Then aren’t the protests, riots and demonstrations appropriating their pain, their grief?

Or is it? It would be a clear call if this were an isolated incident. But the institutions are biased against BIPOC. And yes, SOME representation has started to occur. But not at the level where the colour of the faces’ total is more maybe than a bit tanned.
And it doesn’t stop you from wondering if those few who have made it in have been assimilated by white power.

So what do we do?…

….. And why do I care?

Anyone looking at me IRL would think that I’m white as they come and tell me to shut up. And maybe they’d be right to do so. If it were me on my own, I might too.

But I have a child, I have nephews and cousins who are BIPOC. I do have skin in the game. And frankly there are a LOT of people in this position as well. So are we appropriating their pain, if we speak about the world we want to see, where our family and dear friends are safe(r)? Heard? Valued?

I have a cousin and aunt who are in DC where we know the POTUS is safe in the bunker. But they aren’t safe. And with the border closed, we can’t even invite them up to stay here till things at least stop burning. And it’s a scary time. Maddening too. That man needs to go!

……. So when do we cry, rage, worry?

Do we listen to calls for peace? Do we watch in horror?
Do we get angry and start blaring our views on every platform we have? And if we are near a demonstration, do we join in? Knowing the more people who are there, the more likely the violent eruptions are to escalate?

Are we an ally? Or appropriating the pain?

That is the question. I just know that at minimum, we can bear witness. And pray that that may deter the worst possible outcomes. And we can make calls, write letters, sign petitions to the people in power. To the people who are making the decisions about the degree of force that is being used while the world is burning. Let them know we’re watching.

and call our much loved family and friends

who are BIPOC and let them know we love and support them.
And ask the one question that turns us from someone who watches and/or appropriates the pain, to an ally.

And that is this question:

What do you need from me?

Stay safe everyone. Cuzz the system won’t change this week. Or even this year. No matter who you vote for.

The World Watches as Nero (I Mean Trump) Plays Violin

The World Watches as Nero (I Mean Trump) Plays Violin

While Trump incites acts of aggression against protestors and media, even when they are peacefully marching and observing the issue, the world is taking note.

I think it’s important to note that people around the world are putting their lives and freedom on the line to support those who protest over the deaths of Black Americans at the hands of the police.

And I also think I need to point a finger at Trump and say this isn’t the guy you want in charge, is it? One who threatens distressed people with the army, bullets, dogs, jail instead of trying to calm things down… and hides in the White House, inciting violence on his Twitter account. I mean!!

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United Nations – Human Rights

UN Human Rights chief Michelle Bachelet on Thursday condemned the death of a man at the hands of police, urging US authorities to take “serious action” to stop the killings of unarmed African Americans.

On Monday, 46-year-old restaurant worker George Floyd was handcuffed and placed on the ground by police officers outside of a store, when one of them pressed his knee on Floyd’s neck for more than five uninterrupted minutes.

The moment was caught on video by a bystander, as a crowd gathered on the scene. In the video, Floyd is seen gasping for air and saying “I can’t breathe,” until he loses consciousness. He was then taken to a hospital and later declared dead.

All four police officers involved in the incident have been fired; an investigation is pending.

“This is the latest in a long line of killings of unarmed African Americans by US police officers and members of the public,” Bachelet said, listing of several other high-profile cases of African American deaths at the hands of police and vigilantes.

“The US authorities must take serious action to stop such killings, and to ensure justice is done when they do occur. Procedures must change, prevention systems must be put in place, and above all police officers who resort to excessive use of force should be charged and convicted for the crimes committed,” she said. “The role that entrenched and pervasive racial discrimination plays in such deaths must also be fully examined, properly recognized and dealt with.”

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Amnesty Int’l

Rachel Ward , National Director of Research at Amnesty International USA, said:

“In city after city, we are witnessing actions that could be considered unnecessary or excessive force.

“Equipping officers in a manner more appropriate for a battlefield may put them in the mindset that confrontation and conflict are inevitable.

“US police across the country are failing their obligations under international law to respect and facilitate the right to peaceful protest, exacerbating a tense situation and endangering the lives of protesters.

“Police must engage in de-escalation, before the situation worsens.”

A police officer who was sacked following footage showing him pinning George Floyd to the floor with his knee despite Floyd’s cries that he couldn’t breathe, has – after a delay of several days – now been arrested and charged with Floyd’s murder.

Rachel Ward added:

“Racism and white supremacy are fuelling these killings and the police response to the protests.

“President Trump must end his violent and discriminatory rhetoric and policies, and the US government – at all levels – must ensure the right to protest as guaranteed by international law.”

Heavy-duty riot gear and military-grade weapons

Police use of heavy-duty riot gear and military-grade weapons and equipment to patrol largely peaceful demonstrations may intimidate protesters who are practising their right to peaceful assembly. These tactics can lead to an escalation in violence.

Rachel Ward said:

  • The police must de-militarise their approach and engage in dialogue with protest organisers to reduce tensions and prevent violence, or to stop it as soon as it breaks out, to protect the right to peaceful assembly.
  • All unnecessary or excessive force must cease immediately, and all instances of potentially excessive or unnecessary force against protesters must be investigated. Any officers who broke the law must be held accountable.”

Urgent action needed to stop police killings

Amnesty is urging the federal government and US cities and states to act swiftly and meaningfully to address the root cause of these protests and take immediate measures to stop unlawful killings of black people and others by police, including:

Officers must be prosecuted;

  • All US states must pass laws to restrict the use of lethal force as a last resort to prevent an imminent threat to life;
  • Congress should pass the PEACE Act to create a federal standard and incentivise state reform; and
  • The federal government should set up a national commission to address all aspects of this crisis including killings by police, the right to protest and ending discrimination.

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It’s Easier to Call for Peace and Calm from a Place of Strength

It’s Easier to Call for Peace and Calm from a Place of Strength

From the days of the Civil War, and the Underground Railroad, many groups tried to be the voice of love and justice. Voices that normally said the world is evil and we need to separate ourselves from it to protect our young and frail. And they lived on farms and in communes to assure that.

But the world keeps encroaching itself on them. Either by surrounding their farms, or when their media comes into their home.

Somehow in all the voices that have been shouting for calm and saying justice will prevail, it is the voice that is raised in hymns of peace and love that were actually heard in Minneapolis and have been trending all over Twitter since yesterday. The ones that historically were on the side of black lives. Black freedom. That truth has not been forgotten.

Sometimes being quiet and standing on the side of justice, peace and love reaches more people than authority ever will.

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The quiet voice that has always said that evil must be prevented. It cannot stand. It cannot be tolerated. The voice of love must be heard when people most need to hear it.

And so it was heard.

“I Have a Dream,” Address Delivered at the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom – Martin Luther King, Jr.

“I Have a Dream,” Address Delivered at the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom – Martin Luther King, Jr.

I’ve been wondering what MLK would say today during these police actions and riots that follow. And sadly I cannot see his words changing much, in anything. I’ve been asking myself if he would still be a man of peace though? Here are his own words, then.
If it helps any, you might be glad to know that Amnesty Int’l is calling out Trump for inciting violence and flagrant racism on twitter.

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“I Have a Dream,” Address Delivered at the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom
Author:
King, Martin Luther, Jr.
(Southern Christian Leadership Conference)
Date:
August 28, 1963
Location:
Washington, D.C.
Genre:
Audio
Speech
Topic:
March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, 1963

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In his iconic speech at the Lincoln Memorial for the 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, King urged America to “make real the promises of democracy.” King synthesized portions of his earlier speeches to capture both the necessity for change and the potential for hope in American society.

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I am happy to join with you today in what will go down in history as the greatest demonstration for freedom in the history of our nation. [applause]

Five score years ago, a great American, in whose symbolic shadow we stand today, signed the Emancipation Proclamation. This momentous decree came as a great beacon light of hope to millions of Negro slaves [Audience:] (Yeah) who had been seared in the flames of withering injustice. It came as a joyous daybreak to end the long night of their captivity. (Hmm)

But one hundred years later (All right), the Negro still is not free. (My Lord, Yeah) One hundred years later, the life of the Negro is still sadly crippled by the manacles of segregation and the chains of discrimination. (Hmm) One hundred years later (All right), the Negro lives on a lonely island of poverty in the midst of a vast ocean of material prosperity. One hundred years later (My Lord) [applause], the Negro is still languished in the corners of American society and finds himself in exile in his own land. (Yes, yes) And so we’ve come here today to dramatize a shameful condition.

In a sense we’ve come to our nation’s capital to cash a check. When the architects of our republic wrote the magnificent words of the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence (Yeah), they were signing a promissory note to which every American was to fall heir. This note was a promise that all men, yes, black men as well as white men (My Lord), would be guaranteed the unalienable rights of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. It is obvious today that America has defaulted on this promissory note insofar as her citizens of color are concerned. (My Lord) Instead of honoring this sacred obligation, America has given the Negro people a bad check, a check which has come back marked insufficient funds. [enthusiastic applause] (My Lord, Lead on, Speech, speech)

But we refuse to believe that the bank of justice is bankrupt. (My Lord) [laughter] (No, no) We refuse to believe that there are insufficient funds in the great vaults of opportunity of this nation. (Sure enough) And so we’ve come to cash this check (Yes), a check that will give us upon demand the riches of freedom (Yes) and the security of justice. (Yes Lord) [enthusiastic applause]

We have also come to this hallowed spot (My Lord) to remind America of the fierce urgency of now. (Mhm) This is no time (My Lord) to engage in the luxury of cooling off or to take the tranquilizing drug of gradualism. [applause] (Yes, Speak on it!) Now is the time (Yes it is) to make real the promises of democracy. (My Lord) Now is the time to rise from the dark and desolate valley of segregation to the sunlit path of racial justice. Now is the time [applause] to lift our nation from the quicksands of racial injustice to the solid rock of brotherhood. Now is the time (Yes) [applause] (Now) to make justice a reality for all of God’s children.

It would be fatal for the nation to overlook the urgency of the moment. This sweltering summer of the Negro’s legitimate discontent (Yes) will not pass until there is an invigorating autumn of freedom and equality. (My Lord) 1963 is not an end, but a beginning. (Yes) And those who hope that the Negro needed to blow off steam and will now be content will have a rude awakening if the nation returns to business as usual. [enthusiastic applause] There will be neither rest nor tranquility in America until the Negro is granted his citizenship rights. The whirlwinds of revolt will continue to shake the foundations of our nation until the bright day of justice emerges.

But there is something that I must say to my people, who stand on the warm threshold which leads into the palace of justice: in the process of gaining our rightful place, we must not be guilty of wrongful deeds. Let us not seek to satisfy our thirst for freedom by drinking from the cup of bitterness and hatred. (My Lord, No, no, no, no) [applause] We must forever conduct our struggle on the high plane of dignity and discipline. We must not allow our creative protest to degenerate into physical violence. (My Lord) Again and again (No, no), we must rise to the majestic heights (Yes) of meeting physical force with soul force. (My Lord) The marvelous new militancy which has engulfed the Negro community must not lead us to a distrust of all white people (Hmm), for many of our white brothers, as evidenced by their presence here today, have come to realize that their destiny is tied up with our destiny [sustained applause], and they have come to realize that their freedom is inextricably bound to our freedom. We cannot walk alone.

And as we walk, we must make the pledge that we shall always march ahead. We cannot turn back. There are those who are asking the devotees of civil rights, “When will you be satisfied?” (Never) We can never be satisfied as long as the Negro is the victim of the unspeakable horrors of police brutality. (Yes) We can never be satisfied [applause] as long as our bodies, heavy with the fatigue of travel, cannot gain lodging in the motels of the highways and the hotels of the cities. [applause] We cannot be satisfied as long as the Negro’s basic mobility is from a smaller ghetto to a larger one. (Yes) We can never be satisfied as long as our children are stripped of their selfhood and robbed of their dignity by signs stating for whites only. [applause] (Yes, Hallelujah) We cannot be satisfied as long as a Negro in Mississippi cannot vote and a Negro in New York believes he has nothing for which to vote. (Yeah, That’s right, Let’s go) [applause] No, no, we are not satisfied and we will not be satisfied until justice rolls down like waters (Yes) and righteousness like a mighty stream. [applause] (Let’s go, Tell it)

I am not unmindful that some of you have come here out of great trials and tribulations. (My Lord) Some of you have come fresh from narrow jail cells. (My Lord, That’s right) Some of you have come from areas where your quest for freedom left you battered by the storms of persecution (Yeah, Yes) and staggered by the winds of police brutality. You have been the veterans of creative suffering. Continue to work with the faith (Hmm) that unearned suffering is redemptive. Go back to Mississippi (Yeah), go back to Alabama, go back to South Carolina, go back to Georgia, go back to Louisiana, go back to the slums and ghettos of our northern cities (Yes), knowing that somehow this situation can and will be changed. (Yes) Let us not wallow in the valley of despair. (My Lord)

I say to you today, my friends [applause], so even though we face the difficulties of today and tomorrow (Uh-huh), I still have a dream. (Yes) It is a dream deeply rooted in the American dream. (Yes)

I have a dream (Mhm) that one day (Yes) this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed (Hah): “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal.” (Yeah, Uh-huh, Hear hear) [applause]

I have a dream that one day on the red hills of Georgia (Yes, Talk), the sons of former slaves and the sons of former slave owners will be able to sit down together at the table of brotherhood.

I have a dream (Yes) [applause] that one day even the state of Mississippi, a state sweltering with the heat of injustice (Yeah), sweltering with the heat of oppression (Mhm), will be transformed into an oasis of freedom and justice.

I have a dream (Yeah) [applause] that my four little children (Well) will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character. (My Lord) I have a dream today. [enthusiastic applause]

I have a dream that one day down in Alabama, with its vicious racists (Yes, Yeah), with its governor having his lips dripping with the words of “interposition” and “nullification” (Yes), one day right there in Alabama little black boys and black girls will be able to join hands with little white boys and white girls as sisters and brothers. I have a dream today. [applause] (God help him, Preach)

I have a dream that one day every valley shall be exalted (Yes), every hill and mountain shall be made low, the rough places will be made plain (Yes), and the crooked places will be made straight (Yes), and the glory of the Lord shall be revealed [cheering], and all flesh shall see it together. (Yes Lord)

This is our hope. (Yes, Yes) This is the faith that I go back to the South with. (Yes) With this faith (My Lord) we will be able to hew out of the mountain of despair a stone of hope. (Yes, All right) With this faith (Yes) we will be able to transform the jangling discords of our nation (Yes) into a beautiful symphony of brotherhood. (Talk about it) With this faith (Yes, My Lord) we will be able to work together, to pray together, to struggle together, to go to jail together (Yes), to stand up for freedom together (Yeah), knowing that we will be free one day. [sustained applause]

This will be the day, this will be the day when all of God’s children (Yes, Yeah) will be able to sing with new meaning: “My country, ‘tis of thee (Yeah, Yes), sweet land of liberty, of thee I sing. (Oh yes) Land where my fathers died, land of the pilgrim’s pride (Yeah), from every mountainside, let freedom ring!” (Yeah)

And if America is to be a great nation (Yes), this must become true. So let freedom ring (Yes, Amen) from the prodigious hilltops of New Hampshire. (Uh-huh) Let freedom ring from the mighty mountains of New York. Let freedom ring from the heightening Alleghenies of Pennsylvania. (Yes, all right) Let freedom ring (Yes) from the snow-capped Rockies of Colorado. (Well) Let freedom ring from the curvaceous slopes of California. (Yes) But not only that: (No) Let freedom ring from Stone Mountain of Georgia. [cheering] (Yeah, Oh yes, Lord) Let freedom ring from Lookout Mountain of Tennessee. (Yes) Let freedom ring from every hill and molehill of Mississippi. (Yes) From every mountainside (Yeah) [sustained applause], let freedom ring.

And when this happens [applause] (Let it ring, Let it ring), and when we allow freedom ring (Let it ring), when we let it ring from every village and every hamlet, from every state and every city (Yes Lord), we will be able to speed up that day when all of God’s children (Yeah), black men (Yeah) and white men (Yeah), Jews and Gentiles, Protestants and Catholics (Yes), will be able to join hands and sing in the words of the old Negro spiritual: “Free at last! (Yes) Free at last! Thank God Almighty, we are free at last!” [enthusiastic applause]

Freedoms of Expression and Speech – The Battle Between Trump and Twitter.

Freedoms of Expression and Speech – The Battle Between Trump and Twitter.

A LOT of people mistake the two freedoms:
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USA .

One given to ordinary people (creative expression) so they can be creative and freely express their opinions. One for media (speech) so they can challenge the leaders of their nation without fearing imprisonment, torture or death.

A lot of people presume these rights mean they can say or do anything as long as they shout these rights. They cannot. Not even POTUS can.

There are other laws, like the human rights code or criminal code that let you know what your rights really are, if you incite others to kill, pillage or rape in the name of hate. If you impede the workings of a free nation’s vote. Or if you conspire to get your neighbours to act against the govt .

But even under that, we know that the people have a civil code. Acts of behaviour dependant on where you are and with whom:

  • If you are in your own home, you can pray, think and feel as you wish. At least in theory. Your spouse may divorce you, your kids might leave home and never look back. They might call the cops or Child Protection on you.
  • If you go into your neighbour’s house, you can join them in their thoughts and activities, or your neighbour can ask you to leave if they aren’t willing to discuss them as two equal opposing voices.
  • If you go into a business, you engage with the clerk about the service you need and how it can best be fulfilled. You might discuss the weather. If you’re in a small town, you might know the clerk personally and talk about the church picnic or the last baseball game at the town lot. You might exchange gossip about a common friend.
  • If you use a website to tweet or blog, you have to follow the TOS and how popular your words are and how seriously they are taken is based on how people perceive you. I know, it feels like you’re at home and you can do like whatever, cuzz home. But that isn’t true.

Underneath all these examples is a social contract, or etiquette. Expectations for how you can behave.

Make no mistake, it is in effect their property, their business and they can turf you if you misbehave. Either temporarily or permanently. Or they can edit you, remove the blog or tweet. And you really don’t have a lot of recourse. It’s their site.

And that is just for the ordinary folk. Most sites don’t certifiy the members. But ones like Facebook and Twitter do. So now it’s not just anybody speaking: it’s a doctor, a lawyer, a reporter, a union rep…. the POTUS or FLOTUS and his running mates and competitors. People take that more seriously. So if one of these gets out of hand, and repeatedly breaks the TOS of the site, doesn’t the site have the recourse to fact check you? To link to the opposite view, or add a tag line that says “the mgmt of this site does not agree with this opinion and it is skirting the edge of our TOS. Read with caution.”? Of course they do. It’s their site.

But this is Trump, the POTUS. Who has put forward such lovely things as SESTA/FOSTA and previously limited the freedom of the public on social media, and now is going after it again. This is Mr “Fake news” Trump who refuses to address and engage with the media respectfully.

Trump was breaking the TOS of Twitter and didn’t appreciate the tag line they put on his misinformation about elections. The same reasoning that websites have been hit with due to the pandemic. They were asked to edit people who were fear-mongering and spreading false info about the virus and disease.

So it seems that Trump doesn’t like being watched with the same standards he as POTUS asked for, hmm?? Well so sorry about that Dahlink, but life’s a beech then you die! (Wannabe Oligarch says whaaa??)

Because from what I have personally witnessed Trump doing on Twitter re: the election and the pandemic, he should actually be removed from the site. If Twitter treated him like any other member, that is.

BUT it draws traffic to the site. His fans and his mockers are having a blast tweeting. Tweets make money for Twitter.

And that is the jist of the issue for both Trump and Twitter. Innit?
Whose side are you on?

Pssst Trump, have you ever noticed how when you point a finger at someone, four of your fingers point back at you? Wasn’t your team accused of election fraud? Isn’t that how you know it’s possible? Hmmm??

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Operation Laser Update: Military Report on the Quality of Care they Found in the LTCs is appalling

Operation Laser Update: Military Report on the Quality of Care they Found in the LTCs is appalling

Two Days ago i wrote about Operation Laser, the introduction of the military into Long term care centers to help staff manage the care of the elderly. The conditions they found were appalling. Here is what they said:

…… the military findings

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TORONTO — Members of the military called in to assist five long-term care homes in Ontario dealing with COVID-19 outbreaks wrote a report on some of the troubling observations they made at those homes. Here is a selection of the allegations, which Premier Doug Ford called horrific.

Eatonville Care Centre:

A list of some of the allegations in a military report on long-term care homes

— Poor catheter care, resulting in nearly a dozen incidents of bleeding fungal infections.

— Much of the stock of medication was months out of date, meaning residents had “likely been getting expired medication for quite some time.”

— Aggressiveness when changing diapers, not stopping when resident complains of pain, and “degrading or inappropriate comments directed at residents.”

Hawthorne Place:

— “Protocols in place have a near 100 per cent contamination rate for equipment, patients and overall facility…Equipment is seldom/ever observed to be disinfected but is used between positive/negative patients.”

— “Significant gross fecal contamination was noted in numerous patient rooms.”

— Insect infestations, including ants and cockroaches.

— Patients crying for help with staff not responding, sometimes for over two hours.

Orchard Villa:

— Cockroaches and flies present.

— Patients left soiled in diapers rather than being taken to the toilet.

— Staff were not always sitting residents up before feeding them. One incident “appears to have contributed in patient death,” with a code blue due to choking during feeding while supine.

Altamont Care Community:

— “Due to significant staffing issues, most residents were reported to not having received three meals per day.”

— A significant number of residents had pressure ulcers, including up to stage four, which involves damage down to the muscle or bone.

— “Medications are being reported/documented as being given but in fact they are not.”

Grace Manor:

— Staff moving from a COVID-positive unit to other units without changing contaminated PPE.

— Leaving food in a resident’s mouth while they are sleeping.

— Not assisting residents during meals. “Staff would write the resident refused to eat, rather than helping them.”

…. the context

Since Mike “the knife” Harris was premier of Ontario, funding has been repeatedly cut to LTCs that could have gone to more staff and more/better staff training. And that was BEFORE a pandemic came along. Now the quality of care there looks more like a third world nation than one of the richest countries in the world. There really is no excuse! BUT you’ll be thrilled to know that the shareholders and owners earned millions during this period?! Is this what you want to have independently run, with no oversight? Because that is what Ford and Mike Harris are going for. Now.

…. the responses

Justin Trudeau
Doug Ford
SEIU Health Care Union Head – Sharleen Stewart
the voice of the shut out family

… Ford is calling for a coroner’s inquest

what does a cornoner’s inquest look like?
And is that the best solution when the people in power are playing pass the buck with people’s lives? With their safety, dignity, and care? I wish I could think it would be an independent inquest, but the coroner is paid by the govt….
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Canadian law/ test case – 17 yr old incel charged with first degree murder related to terrorist activity

Canadian law/ test case – 17 yr old incel charged with first degree murder related to terrorist activity

Being an incel is a joke, right? Some guys get together on a website and badmouth women and it’s treated with guffaws and called nonsense, right? Who can it hurt?
And in that frame, when someone gets killed, they can’t blame the man, can they? Can they?

Well guys, be clear that if you are Canadian, not only will you be charged with murder, but now you will be charged with acts of terrorism. And it’s a federal crime. Min sentence – 25 years.

In this story, how does a 17 yr old get so distressed by rejection from girls/women that he kills people he can’t know that well.

Was he refused a massage because he was under age?

It’ll be an interesting test case for Canadian law. Is misogyny a hate crime or not?
Why yes, your honour. The RCMP say it is! (federal police force)

So…. will that change how incels are treated online as well? It’ll have to if the Crown succeeds. Do we wish them luck?

….. news sources

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